Acting: text intensive
Time: 10:30 - 17:30
Location: Keeley Street
Course Code: DPP057
Duration: 3 sessions (over 3 weeks)
What is the course about?
Many modern playwrights take an experimental approach to theatre. This course explores ways for actors to tackle texts that are playful and unconventional (e.g. breaking the fourth wall, non-naturalistic characters, stylised or poetic language). Using scenes from Sarah Ruhl's 2004 play, Eurydice, on this course you will spend three days experimenting and rehearsing, culminating in a work-in-progress showing to an invited audience on the final afternoon.
What will we cover?
The rehearsal process
Working professionally with the director and other actors
Script analysis and a method on the text
Performing in front of an audience.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
• Breaking the fourth wall
• Rehearse non-naturalistic scenes with a range of imaginative approaches
• Identify key elements of non-naturalistic theatre
• Perform a scene with confidence.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This course is suitable for all levels. You should be able to follow simple written and verbal instructions and take part in group discussions.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
• The course will be taught in large and small groups, pairs and solo work
• You will be expected to learn lines between classes.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Scenes will be provided. You may wish to purchase you own copy of the full play to read in advance.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Any advanced level skills courses, or consider auditioning for City Lit Theatre Company.
Laura is an experienced theatre director, teacher and writer and has taught at City Lit since 2011. Laura has worked at a wide range of venues including the National Theatre, the Open Air Theatre Regent’s Park, Birmingham Rep, the Cambridge Arts Theatre, and Southwark Playhouse. She loves all types of plays, from new writing and devised theatre to Shakespeare and works in translation, and enjoys bringing scenes and characters to life with students in her classes. Laura studied English Literature as an undergraduate at Oxford University and went on to take an MA in Text and Performance Studies at King’s College London and the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. She splits her time between teaching, writing, environmental work and directing theatre productions.
Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.